Nissan comes up short with I35
After a near-death experience and with an assist from France's Renault, Nissan is coming back with a flood of new product that includes promising performance models for the Infiniti line.
2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK 320: Keep eye on speedometer
ARLINGTON, Texas -- My brother-in-law, Bill Reed, was hurting the way people hurt after several days of chemotherapy. He was having a bad week -- until my wife and I rolled into his driveway in the 2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK 320 coupe.
Kelly Bevans and his wife Sue of Brainerd have not one but three collector cars, a 1973 AMC Pierre Cardin Edition Javelin-AMX, a 1969 Mercury Cougar convertible and a 1969 Lincoln Continental Mark III.
Look at Volkswagen's Passat for performance
Everywhere in today's auto industry, it seems, the focus is on increasing performance.
'Last' Camaro sold for $71,500 at charity auction; buyer admits he 'wanted it bad'
AUBURN, Ind. (AP) -- The last new Camaro to be sold by Chevrolet -- a red, T-topped Z-28 -- brought a tidy $71,500 at a charity auction.
In a troubled time, priests say they lead difficult, but rewarding, lives
BOWMAN, N.D. -- No misdeeds have tarred the names of Joe Vasquez, Dan Trapp, Jeffrey Zwack, Joseph Hanefeldt or Michael Haras.
There will be an introductory session offered from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Sunday at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter. The topic will be "Why Christian?: For Those on the Edge of Faith.
Does it matter whether America is 'under God?' Since Sept. 11, its citizens are saying yes
"One nation under God."
PRAYER FOR SCHOOLS
As students all over the country head back to school this month, more than 150,000 mothers are being brought to their knees.
High holy days
It's natural for a teacher to think that September, and not Jan. 1, is the right time to mark the start of the year. So Harvey Cox, author and Harvard Divinity School professor, finds it fitting that this is the season when Jews begin their New Year (Rosh Hashana).
Survivors say crisis prayers work
Powerful testimonies have emerged in recent weeks from people who called on God while standing in the shadow of death.
MINNEAPOLIS(AP) -- Wheat receipts Wednesday 450, a year ago 314.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Thursday cattle estimate: 325. Last Thursday: 242. Year ago Thursday: 399. Wednesday actual: 497.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Wednesday cattle estimate: 450. Last Wednesday: 548. Year ago Wednesday: 450. Tuesday actual: 602.
Midwest farmers to appeal judge's ruling in milk-pricing case
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A group of Midwest farmers and dairy cooperatives will appeal a federal judge's decision to dismiss their legal challenge to a new federal milk-pricing regulation, their attorney said Thursday.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Thursday 450, a year ago 314.
Seafood pairs well with lively seasonings
The appeal of seafood is perennial. In late summer, as the season changes, it keeps the flavors of the shore in mind -- and it's blissfully easy to make dishes such as the following, in which the seafood is given an extra lift with lively combinations of seasonings, including orange juice and peel, and hot pepper sauce.
Baking for dummies
"Baking for Dummies" (Hungry Minds, 2002, $19.99), part of the "For Dummies" series for beginners, demystifies the technical aspects of baking and attempts to bring old-fashioned techniques to nonbakers in the 21st century.
Banana bars worthy of a blue ribbon
One day I stopped over at my Friend Mary Jo Kobes' house. She had just made a pan of fresh banana bars and sent some home with me.
The Brainerd Fire Department Thursday responded to a cut gas line next to Paul Bunyan Bowl, 1871 Excelsior Drive in Baxter.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Thursday.
Fire destroyed a house and two garages Wednesday in Platte Lake Township in southern Crow Wing County.
Survey: One in five young adults use drugs
WASHINGTON -- America has almost 16 million illegal drug users, including one in five young adults, according to a government survey that suggests use of marijuana and cocaine may be on the rise after leveling off in recent years.
New dietary guidelines offer flexibility in balancing fat, exercise
By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
Study shows steep drop in regular exercise among teen girls
The amount of regular exercise girls get falls off dramatically as they move through their teenage years, dropping to practically zero in many cases, especially among blacks, a study found.
HMO gives $1 million for sick boys' experimental treatment
Because of a $1 million research donation from Kaiser Permanente, two Amador County, Calif., boys with a rare genetic disease may soon get experimental transplants that offer the only chance to save their lives.
Negative images of aging take toll on elderly, experts say
WASHINGTON -- Television ads depicting aging baby boomers as "greedy geezers" and news stories calling older audiences "a bad omen for advertising revenues" pose serious risks for the elderly and may even shorten life span, a panel of experts on aging testified Wednesday.
Officials: Blood test for West Nile virus won't be easy to develop
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Officials don't yet know if a blood test for West Nile virus is even needed -- but if it is, it won't be easy to develop.
Inmates trying to build new lives
Don Henderson could barely read a tape measure the first day he showed up on the job four months ago on the Minnesota Department of Corrections Institution Community Work Crew site.
A warning for fall
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) -- It isn't enough that you've weathered the hazards of the typical garden season, shrugging off mosquitoes and chiggers, thorn bushes and poison ivy, sunburn and drought.
Minorities face home ownership hurdles
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans believe owning a home is the best investment they can make, although blacks and Hispanics still face obstacles to homeownership, according to a survey by mortgage giant Fannie Mae.
How to eliminate water in a basement
Aside from being a nuisance, a leak can cause substantial damage to framing, wall and floor finishes, personal property and can be the source of life-threatening toxic mold. Consequently, a leak never should be taken for granted, and maintenance -- caulking, painting, roofing, flashing, etc., -- should be performed on a regular basis to prevent such a problem from occurring.
This captivating getaway home, Plan K-34, by the Homestore Plans and Publications Designers Network, is designed to maximize both indoor and outdoor living. Its open floor plan provides 980 square feet of living space and a large deck.
Design K-34 is hard to sell
Design K-34 looks like a hybrid between two housing styles: contemporary and modified A-frame. A double-height entrance dominates one side, giving this home a commercial, motel-like quality.
Baxter struggles with replat issue
BAXTER -- What happens when a time expires on a development's plat and the city has changed its fee schedule in the interim?
Three held in meth lab case not linked to LF shooting
Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division officers, investigating Brainerd leads in the attempted shooting of a Little Falls police officer Aug. 29, arrested three people for operating a methamphetamine lab.
Input sought in city comprehensive plan update
Mike Brethorst, Brainerd City Planner/Community Development coordinator, is looking for input for the city's comprehensive plan update.
DNR to begin deer kill on Aitkin farm Monday
AITKIN -- The DNR on Monday will begin culling deer near an Aitkin farm where an elk infected with chronic wasting disease was found last week.
Second person files for city council seat
There will be a race for the Brainerd City Council Ward 4 seat in November's election.
Arbor Glenn project moving forward
BAXTER -- The $5 million project Arbor Glenn housing project on Excelsior Road, near the Paul Bunyan Trail, is expected to be ready for a move-in date on May 1, 2003.
Ben Schoepf, an employee of Gravelle Plumbing and Heating of Aitkin, was busy installing vent pipes in the Riedl Travel building near the intersection of James Street and Northwest Fourth Street Thursday.
Lakes area residents will have many opportunities to observe Sept. 11. Look for a list of events in Sunday's Dispatch.
Fire hall proposed for Mill Park site
The northeast Brainerd Fire Hall is now proposed for the southeast corner of Mill Park.
Project launched for lakes area families in crisis
BAXTER -- There can be myriad reasons why families -- regardless of structure or income levels -- suddenly find themselves in crisis.
Inmates from a minimum-security prison are picking up building skills. Look for the story in Friday's housing section.
The deadline for enrolling in the Red Cross Lifeguard Training class at the Brainerd Family YMCA is Sept. 13.
This was Brainerd
SEPTEMBER 5 - 40 years ago (1962) - Brainerd has $610,000 worth of projects ready for work if federal funds are made available through a public works project plan which has passed in the House of Representatives.
City council accepts bids for construction of new buildings
Bids for the construction of the city's new buildings were accepted by the Brainerd City Council Tuesday.
Reward set in LF shooting
LITTLE FALLS -- A reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of two suspects who fired gun shots at a Little Falls Police officer Aug. 29.
Coleman puts stress on getting things done
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Norm Coleman addressed the GOP faithful in Brainerd Thursday morning, emphasizing his optimism about Minnesotans and his belief in bottom line results.
Township voting on need for plan
MERRIFIELD -- Lake Edward Town Hall will be the site of a paper count Monday, a day before anyone casts a ballot in the primary election.
This was Brainerd
SEPTEMBER 6 - 20 years ago (1982) - Mike Guin, Brainerd, recently was crowned 1982 World Champion Northern Pike Fisherman at Mille Lacs Lake. Guin garnered the title by placing first in total weight of catch among 40 entries.
Drowning victim found in Cass Lake
CASS LAKE -- A 62-year-old man died of an apparent drowning Thursday morning on Cass Lake, the Cass County Sheriff's Department reported.
Accentuating the positive
The Mississippi River, involved neighborhoods and the historic downtown -- those were just a few of the positives about Brainerd that were selected and discussed by the close to 70 people who attended the first meeting of Brainerd's comprehensive plan update before the Brainerd Planning Commission Thursday at Mississippi Horizons Middle School.
Clearing the jam
Children riding buses arrived home much earlier Wednesday compared with Tuesday's first day of school for the Brainerd School District.
The Daggett Brook Town Board will meet at 8 p.m. today to discuss 30th Street road improvement projects.
Baxter deals with Excelsior traffic woes
BAXTER -- There have been questions about a busy Excelsior Drive and how best to deal with increased traffic demands, including vehicles entering and exiting Arbor Glenn.
Plan to arm pilots faces resistance
WASHINGTON -- A plan to allow all commercial pilots to carry weapons in the cockpit may be scaled back as the airline industry and the Bush administration raise concerns about safety and training.
Jobless rate drops to 5-month low in August, with significant new hiring
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to a five-month low of 5.7 percent in August and companies added new jobs for the fourth straight month, providing signs of strength in a still-sluggish economy.
Ex-Sunbeam CEO settles suit for $500,000
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Former Sunbeam Corp. CEO Al Dunlap will pay $500,000 to settle a lawsuit charging him with improper accounting at Sunbeam, where he earned the nickname "Chain Saw Al" for his relentless job cuts.
Productivity grows at sluggish pace
WASHINGTON (AP) --The productivity of U.S. companies grew at its most sluggish pace in a year during the second quarter as the nation's economic recovery lost momentum.
Tiara tussle stuck in federal court; two claim to be true Miss North Carolina
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) -- Two perfectly coiffed heads and just one crown.
House won't make education tax cut permanent
WASHINGTON -- The House on Wednesday rejected a bill making permanent the education tax breaks enacted last year as part of the $1.35 trillion tax cut. Democrats said the measure would take money away from public schools and add to the federal government's financial crisis.
Credit cards are overused by college students
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More college students are overusing credit cards, academics and policy makers said Thursday as they urged Congress to do something about the problem.
Prosecutor says more charges to come in WorldCom case
NEW YORK (AP) -- The WorldCom accounting investigation will be expanded with new charges and possibly more defendants, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
Congress meets in New York to commemorate Sept. 11
NEW YORK (AP) -- Congress commemorated the human loss and heroism of the Sept. 11 attacks -- and swore the nation's resolve in the war against terrorism -- in a rare and somber special session convened Friday in the city hit the hardest.
Report: Few sought help for Sept. 11 stress
ATLANTA (AP) -- Most people living near New York City suffered extreme stress after Sept. 11, but few sought help, according to a government report examining the psychological effects of the attacks.
Senate Democrats reject Bush's choice for appeals court
WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats rejected President Bush's choice of Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen for a U.S. appeals court Thursday, calling her a conservative "judicial activist" who had regularly sided with big business and insurance companies over injured workers and consumers.
Two beauty queens battling to represent North Carolina at pageant
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Miss North Carolina beauty contest is getting ugly.
Moussaoui sealed off from worldwide audience under judge's ruling
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A court of law has silenced Zacarias Moussaoui, the accused Sept. 11 conspirator, in the court of public opinion.
Consumer groups blast proposed IRS partnership with tax preparers
Four national consumer groups blasted the IRS Wednesday for the tax agency's proposed plan to partner with commercial tax preparers to offer online filing for low-income taxpayers.
DENVER (AP) -- Erik Weihenmayer reached the top of Australia's highest mountain, becoming the first blind person to climb the tallest peaks on all seven continents.
One out of 10,000: Texan Kelly Clarkson wins 'American Idol'
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- So the big question: How does it feel to be an instant American Idol?
Bush's approval rating drops to 60 percent in poll
President Bush's job approval has dropped to 60 percent in a new poll released Thursday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. His approval is in the mid 60s in several other recent polls.
Going it alone
WASHINGTON -- The quickening of war drums on Iraq within the Bush administration is reviving accusations at home and abroad of U.S. unilateralism, a stubborn willingness to go it alone on a range of fronts.
Bush administration plans test program of guns in cockpit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration is planning a small-scale test program of arming commercial pilots, reversing its previous opposition to guns in the cockpit.
Baseball owners ratify labor deal
CHICAGO (AP) -- As baseball's labor negotiations move to the background, a possible relocation by the Montreal Expos pushes to the foreground.
Bates trying to play it cool against Bears
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Minnesota wide receiver D'Wayne Bates faces his former team, the Chicago Bears, this weekend, and the Vikings hope he's not too pumped up.
Gag Heisman campaign takes on life of its own
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- It started out as a gag, a group of college kids promoting a bench-warming Ohio State defensive back with a funny name for the most prestigious honor in college football.
College football top 25 schedule
Saturday, Sept. 7
Williams sisters on course for finals
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fans watched quietly as if they had seen it all before. No drama, no disputed calls, not even a hint of an upset.
Chase tightens; A's might need every win
The Oakland Athletics will determine their place in baseball history -- and perhaps their place in next month's playoffs -- on the road.
Sampras makes it look easy
NEW YORK -- Maybe it's a physiological thing that he isn't even aware of. But when the lights come on at the U.S. Open, Pete Sampras shines.
Last-second kick lifts 49ers
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- If the New York Giants proved anything during the preseason it was how united they were in their disdain for critics discounting their chances.
U.S. hoops supremacy ends
INDIANAPOLIS -- My fellow Americans, we are not the best anymore.
Giants face challenge in rare Thursday opener
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- This is nothing new. The NFL has opened its season on a Thursday before.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- It wasn't pretty, but the Oakland Athletics clubbed their way into history Wednesday night, and Billy Beane, the general manager who makes a mockery of baseball's so-called competitive and revenue disparities, suggested there's no way to know where this will end.
It's no dream U.S. eliminated by Yugoslavia in World Basketball Championship
INDIANAPOLIS -- It was like a pitcher giving up a home run one batter after losing a no-hitter.
National sports briefs
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez homered in his first two at-bats Thursday night, becoming the first player to reach 50 home runs this season.
Thomas M. Jaeger
STAPLES -- Thomas M. Jaeger, 62, Staples, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, at home.
BAXTER -- Marlene Jackson, 58, Baxter, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, at home.
Florence E. Jacobs Orvala
Florence Ethel Jacobs Orvala, 88, Brainerd, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
Anthony and Alexander Louks
DEERWOOD -- Anthony Jordan and Alexander Lee Louks, infant twin sons of Mark and Mary Anne (Semler) Louks, Deerwood, were born and died on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Sally 'Sarah' Bargabos
ROYALTON -- Sally "Sarah" Bargabos, 75, Royalton, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Erma M. Killeen
AITKIN -- Erma M. Killeen, 77, Aitkin, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, at the Twin Rivers Care Center in Anoka.
Bruce K. Smith
CROSBY -- Bruce K. Smith, 73, Crosby, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, at home.
Donald M. Shepherd
BUTTE, Mont. -- Donald M. Shepherd, 73, Butte, Mont., died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, in Missoula, Mont.
PEQUOT LAKES -- Benjamin David, 76, Pequot Lakes, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, at his home.
Alice O. Magnan
Alice Oline Magnan, 92, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village.
LITTLE FALLS -- Marian Stumpf, 83, Little Falls, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Loretta B. LaFond
BLOOMINGTON -- Loretta B. LaFond, 95, Bloomington, formerly of Little Falls, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina.
Bruce K. Smith
CROSBY -- Bruce K. Smith, 73, Crosby, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, at home.
ELMDALE -- Elsie Nelson, 82, Elmdale, died today, Sept. 6, 2002, at home.
Marlene Jackson, 58, Brainerd, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, at home of cancer.
Judithe 'Judy' A. Aune
Judithe "Judy" A. Aune, 55, Brainerd, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2002, at her home.
Violet MacIver, 81, Lowry, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd.
David C. Gunther
RICE -- David C. Gunther, 53, Rice, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, at St. Cloud Hospital.
Ronald 'Ron' Aalgaard
LITTLE FALLS -- Ronald "Ron" Aalgaard, 72, Little Falls, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, at his home in Little Falls.
Sarah 'Sally' Bargabas
ROYALTON -- Sarah "Sally" Bargabas, 75, Royalton, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002, at St. Cloud Hospital.
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When they're not in your own back yard, natural disasters such as floods and forest fires can seem pretty remote. You're not threatened, you feel sympathy for those who are, but it's somebody else's problem.
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An Iraq primer for kids
Grown-ups around you may be looking at the front page of the newspaper every morning wondering if they're going to see this headline: "United States Invades Iraq."
Five lawyers are running for district judge. What distinguishes the candidates is the effort they are making to meet voters and how much money they are spending. David Harrington is not spending the most, but he is easily working the hardest.
The fair -- An old friend
This editorial was printed in the Aug. 29 Mesabi Daily News.
Paul Wellstone claims he's fighting to save Social Security. Because of the stock market's recent downturn, Wellstone claims we
Tuesday's Brainerd City Council meeting provided a perfect example of the benefit of televised meetings.
Treichler recounts 'race of his life'
John Treichler of Brainerd described his victory in the Wissota Street Stock Spectacular at North Central Speedway Saturday night as the "race of his life."
Construction firm fined by OSHA in Walker accident
WALKER -- OSHA has fined a construction firm after the building they were erecting collapsed here Jue. 27, injuring seven workers
Several injured in explosions at Austin plant
AUSTIN, (AP) -- Five men were injured early Thursday in a series of small explosions at the Hormel Foods Corp. plant here.
Gov. Ventura says lawmakers don't have 'ducks in a row'
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura said Thursday it would be a "disaster" for him to bring lawmakers back right now to deal with flooding in northwestern Minnesota.
USDA investigation into tainted beef reveals no wrongdoing
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A USDA investigation has cleared a Minnesota meat company of any wrongdoing after it was forced to recall 717,000 pounds of meat last month, a USDA spokesman said Wednesday.
Candidates back state's judicial election process
Two state judges who face opposition in the November election brought their campaigns to Brainerd Thursday afternoon and lauded the state's current judicial selection process.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Northwest Airlines is cutting about 1,000 jobs as it shifts to a reduced flight schedule for the slower, fall season.
Muffin mix recalled because label doesn't list milk in chips
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- International Multifoods Corp. recalled 753 cases of Pillsbury Chocolate Chip muffin mix Thursday because they may contain chips with milk that wasn't listed on the ingredient label.
Supreme Court removes incentive for charitable giving
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Supreme Court has revoked state income tax deductibility of charitable donations for thousands of wealthy Minnesotans, a development that could lead to a sharp drop in contributions.
Freak accident involving deer near Bemidji kills forest service law enforcement officer
BEMIDJI -- A U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer working out of the Chippewa National Forest was killed in a motor vehicle accident Wednesday in Beltrami County, seven miles east of Bemidji.
STILLWATER (AP) -- Three men were under arrest and facing charges Friday in the fire that destroyed two historic buildings at the site of the Minnesota Territorial Prison, police said.
Calling all surfers: FOX, UPN changing channels
Make the switch.
Flyers trip Warriors
LITTLE FALLS --Elizabeth Brisk earned her first win at No. 1 singles helping the Little Falls Flyers defeat the Brainerd Warriors 4-3 in Central Lakes Conference tennis Thursday.
Warriors drop volleyball match to Spartans
COLD SPRING -- The Brainerd Warriors traveled to Cold Spring to face the Rocori Spartans Thursday night and came away disappointed, losing in four matches 15-6, 15-8, 13-15 and 15-12.
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MENOMONIE, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin-Stout volleyball team ran its record to 5-0 with a sweep of Hamline University by scores of 30-21, 30-17, 30-21 Wednesday.
WARRIOR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Even though a few key skill position players graduated it appears the Brainerd Warriors football team has found adequate replacements.
Sabres squeak past Flyers in swimming
LITTLE FALLS -- Sophomore Brittney Corrow anchored both the 200 medley and 400 Freestyle relays to victories and also won the 100 freestyle but the Little Falls Flyers fell to the Sartell Sabres 98-87 in Central Lakes Conference swimming and diving Thursday.
Brainerd, Alexandria resume rivalry
With the addition of Fergus Falls, Bemidji, Detroit Lakes and Moorhead to the Central Lakes Conference football schedule in 2001 many CLC teams didn't have an opportunity to play each other as in the past.
Brainerd, Sauk Rapids play to scoreless tie
SAUK RAPIDS -- Brainerd Warrior goalie Kate Bjornson and Sauk Rapids Storm Goalie Laura Jacobson were both too good Thursday.
Local sports shorts
MOORHEAD -- Three former Brainerd Warriors will start for the Minnesota State University-Moorhead football team when the Dragons open the season at home Saturday against Concordia College.
Central Lakes College middle hitter Jessica Melheim of Nevis hit the ball away from the block of Kami Jesnowski of Fergus Falls in their match Wednesday night.
Raiders' youth reflected in loss
Fergus Falls used late rallies in almost every game to defeat the Central Lakes College volleyball team 30-23, 28-30, 30-26, 30-27 in the Raiders' home and conference opener Wednesday.
Bristow races to victory
DEER RIVER -- Travis Bristow of Pine River-Backus earned his first individual victory of the season and Pillager's Jenna Niggler finished second at the Deer River Cross Country Invitational Thursday.
Patriots pounce on Rangers
PEQUOT LAKES -- The Pequot Lakes Patriots made a line-up change and came away with a 6-1 Mid-State Conference tennis victory over Crosby-Ironton Thursday.
Sartell blanks Flyers 4-0
BELLE PRAIRIE -- Sartell Sabres' Dan Mullins scored three goals in a 4-0 victory over the Little Falls Flyers in Central Lakes Conference soccer Thursday.
Pillager earns first conference victory
VERNDALE -- Jessie VanVickle recorded nine kills and Whitney Hoheisel added five as the Pillager Huskies defeated the Verndale Pirates 15-11, 15-4, 12-15, 15-7 in a Park Region Conference clash Thursday.
Raiders hope it will be home sweet home
Maybe a change in scenery is what the doctor ordered for the Central Lakes College Raiders football team as it faces Northland in its home opener 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
High school football
Apple Valley at Eastview, ppd. to 9/6
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Twins announce rebirth of Homer Hanky
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Homer Hankies will be flying again in the Metrodome.
Gophers try to refocus
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- As the schedule reads, Louisiana-Lafayette plays host to the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday.
Honest Reed helps Twins to 3-2 victory
SEATTLE (AP) -- In Ron Gardenhire's opinion, Rick Reed's honesty overshadows his big-game prowess.
Folk-blues trio of Koerner, Ray and Glover to open Grassroots Concerts fall season
PEQUOT LAKES -- The folk-blues trio of Koerner, Ray and Glover will open the Grassroots Concerts fall season at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium.
LES CHENEAUX ISLANDS: Tourism poses dilemma in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
CEDARVILLE, Mich. (AP) -- An early-morning geology lecture might strike some people as an unusual vacation activity.
Nisswa-stamman asks for volunteers
NISSWA -- Nisswa-stamman is an annual Scandinavian folk music festival, modeled after fiddler's festivals in Scandinavia, at the Pioneer Village in Nisswa.
THE GREAT WARPATH: North America's greatest concentration of forts and battlefields
ORWELL, Vt. (AP) -- Pine trees murmur as they are jostled by a breeze coursing over a rocky promontory high above Lake Champlain -- spectral whispers, perhaps, of European, American and Indian warriors who fought in the Lake Champlain Valley during two 18th-century wars.
Artist of the Millennium? MTV says Jackson didn't receive award at VMAs
NEW YORK (AP) -- Michael Jackson has received so many awards during his career, he apparently mistook a birthday gift from MTV as another accolade.
If you can't get enough of Robert DeNiro, you are in luck this weekend. His latest vehicle, "City by the Sea," opens Friday in most area theaters. Not surprisingly, DeNiro plays a New York City police detective working a murder case in which his est
Ken Seaman, banjo player for the Bluegrass Patriots, played for the crowd Saturday afternoon at the Lakes Area Bluegrass festival at Ski Gull on the west side of Gull Lake. The weekend event featured several different bluegrass groups. Families camped at the festival.
Mel Gibson's 'Signs,' 'Greek Wedding' lead box office
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mel Gibson's "Signs" remained the top box-office draw over the long Labor Day weekend, taking in $17 million.
TV marks its 75th year -- but where are the honors for its unsung inventor?
NEW YORK (AP) -- TV goes nuts for anniversaries.
Eclectic mix to perform
In keeping with its long history, the Lakes Area Concert Association has booked an eclectic mix of professional acts for its 2002-2003 performing arts season.
For week of Sept. 5-11; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Broadway this fall: A buoyant August could help an uncertain September and beyond
NEW YORK (AP) -- A funny thing happened on the way to Broadway's fall season: Two of its biggest hits arrived in August.
CLC auditions set for 'Going to See the Elephant'
Central Lakes College Theatre will hold auditions for "Going to See the Elephant" in the Bob Dryden Theatre on the Brainerd campus on Sept. 11-12. Auditions will be at 7 p.m.
Little Falls novelist sees science fiction-fantasy novel published
Publish America Inc., a small press with a suburban Washington, D.C., address, boasts about its commitment to "traditional" book publishing.
Dixie Chicks release 'Home'
Last summer, the Dixie Chicks' rocket ride to country-music stardom hit a bump when they sued and were countersued by their record label, even as the trio's 1999 disc "Fly" marched toward becoming the group's second-straight album to sell 10 million copies.
Scandinavian event planned in Aitkin
AITKIN -- The Aitkin Friends of the Arts will host a "Scandinavian evening" Sept. 21 with a Skal Klubb concert of traditional music and a "dessert buffet" of ethnic food.
Dixie Chick Natalie Maines wants to be an 'American Idol' judge, picks Kelly Clarkson to win
NEW YORK (AP) -- If Kelly Clarkson wins the "American Idol" competition Wednesday night, she might want to include Dixie Chick Natalie Maines in her thank yous.
Back on tour, Rolling Stones prove time is still on their side
BOSTON (AP) -- The Rolling Stones were midway through the opening night of their 40th anniversary U.S. tour, and Mick Jagger had just sung and danced his way through a cover of old O'Jay's classic, "Love Train."
Iowa state forecast
Today...Mostly sunny. A slight chance of showers or thunderstorms far west late. Highs in the mid 80s to lower 90s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Scattered morning thunderstorms northwest and central... Otherwise partly sunny with a chance of late afternoon thunderstorms west and central. Partly cloudy east. Highs from the mid 70s northwest to the lower 90s southeast.
Wisconsin state forecast
Dense fog advisory portions of south through mid morning...
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Scattered thunderstorms this morning east...Then a slight chance again late this afternoon...Otherwise mostly sunny and hot. Highs in the 90s...Approaching 100 central. Tonight...A slight chance for thunderstorms east...Otherwise mostly clear. Lows 65 to 75.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy. A chance of thunderstorms central and north. Highs from the mid 70s northeast to the upper 80s southwest.
Back to school
Weather drawing by Crystal Ranney of Mrs. Wilcox's kindergarten class at Lowell school.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. A chance for showers and thunderstorms northwest and north. Highs from the mid 70s to the mid 80s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Partly sunny. Scattered morning fog north central and west. A chance of thunderstorms north and east. Highs from the mid 80s northeast to the mid 90s southwest.
Weather drawing by Chris Hastad of Sharon Jendro's first grade class at Lowell school.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms far north central and northeast through mid morning. Otherwise mostly sunny and hot. Highs in the upper 80s to mid 90s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Hot. Partly cloudy west...Sunny east. A slight chance of late afternoon thunderstorms in the far west. Highs in the 90s...With 100 to 105 central.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Thunderstorms likely east central and southeast this morning. The rain may be heavy. Then becoming partly cloudy. Mostly sunny elsewhere. Highs ranging from the middle 70s northeast to the lower 90s west.
Names and faces
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Jason Priestley won't plot his car racing future until after he recovers from serious injuries he suffered in a crash last month.
Mitchell Movement. North-South: Walt and Betty Moynagh, 125; Clayton Haglin and Mark Anderson, 113.5; Ray and Gladys Norrgard, 108; Ann Whalen and Phyllis DeRosier, 95. East-West: Pat Lande and Allen Anderson, 99; Bud and Jean Forsberg, 98; Ed Abt and Bob McClellan, 95.5; Mary Jane Janacek and Ann Richardson, 88.5; and Don Rasmussen and Gordon Becker, 88.5.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Brain injury meeting set for Tuesday
A meeting with area legislators has been scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Brainerd Public Library for brain injury survivors, family members and professionals. The public is invited to attend.
Investigation begins into twin attacks on Afghan government
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Afghan police and intelligence questioned suspects Friday in the assassination attempt against President Hamid Karzai and a bloody car bombing in Kabul -- the worst day of violence since the Taliban was driven from power.
Israeli helicopters fire missiles at Gaza Strip factory
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel attacked a factory in the Gaza Strip with missiles fired from helicopters early Friday after Palestinians destroyed a tank and killed two soldiers.
Israeli police detonate massive car bomb, averting catastrophe
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Police detonated a 1,300 pound car bomb Thursday, one of the largest ever discovered, and Israel's foreign minister said Israel averted a catastrophe that could have changed the face of the Middle East.
Typhoon Sinlaku hits Okinawa, menaces Taiwan
TOKYO (AP) -- A powerful typhoon churned toward Taiwan early Thursday after its winds and rain lashed Japan's Okinawan islands, forcing residents into shelters, causing blackouts and halting transportation.
Typhoon Sinlaku spins toward Taiwan, blacking out homes and closing offices, schools
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Packing winds of 90 mph, Typhoon Sinlaku sent huge waves crashing against Taiwan's eastern coast, cutting power to homes, closing schools and washing away a woman who had gone to watch the surf.
Afghan president survives assassination attempt
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- President Hamid Karzai survived an assassination attempt Thursday when an Afghan security guard fired at his car as it was leaving the governor's mansion here, witnesses said.
Strongest earthquake in 20 years rocks Sicily, buildings damaged
ROME (AP) -- Sicily was rocked by its strongest earthquake in 20 years, a 5.6-magnitude temblor that injured three people and damaged some buildings in the city of Palermo early Friday.
Large blast rocks busy market area of Kabul, 22 reported dead
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A powerful car bomb rocked a busy market area in the center of Kabul on Thursday, killing and wounding scores in the bloodiest attack in the Afghan capital since the fall of the Taliban. A U.N. security official said 22 were dead.
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